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BCP address Progress Exchange 2000 Conference in San Diego

Sunny San Diego, California was the venue recently for more than 1000 Progress developers and users from the United States and Asia/ Pacific to attend the annual conference hosted by Progress Software Corporation. This year, they had the added bonus of a session given by Brian Preece, Technical Director of BCP, who gave a talk entitled “Messaging and XML in the Food Industry Supply Chain”. This session was intended partly to help other users of Progress to understand what can be done with these new Progress technologies but also as a showcase for BCP’s technical skills.
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Microsoft approves BCP Biztalk initiative

Despite all of the advances in computer communications over the last twenty years, the UK association for Business Accounting Software, BASDA, estimates that 95% of documents keyed into computers actually originated on another computer. Obviously, the industry has a long way to go in enabling computer systems to communicate with each other. In an effort to improve this situation, Microsoft have launched the Biztalk initiative, a world-wide project to define master structures or schemas for interchange of data between computer systems and business processes via the Internet. The idea is that instead of each pair of developers wishing to exchange data between their applications defining a bespoke structure for data interchange from scratch every time, there should be a world repository of data interchange formats for common business processes. Then, if a developer needs to interchange data with another system, they first look on the Biztalk Web Site at www.biztalk.org to see if a structure already exists for this purpose. If so, they will use the existing schema, otherwise, they will create a new one and deposit in the repository themselves. In this way, gradually all computer systems will develop compatible formats for sharing data with each other.

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